Winter Solstice ride-out

So it’s the shortest day in the UK, how to mark the occasion was the question on our minds when we woke up – dry roads and no rain on the BBC weather forecast so we decided it would be worth getting the motorbikes out and go for a few miles riding around the Shropshire borders.

It was also an excuse to put a few more miles on Jan’s new Kawasaki Versys 1000 which needs a few miles adding to get it to it’s first service and for her to try out her latest purchase of New Oxford rain muffsOxford Rain Seal muffs which fit over the handlebars very easily and proved a welcome addition for winter riding.

We set out around 10am and headed out towards Eccleshall on the Staffordshire / Shropshire border, several other motorcyclists passed us going in the opposite direction and it was great to see so many out making the most of a decent day for riding.  The roads were quiet  – guess everyone would have been out Christmas shopping ! 🙂 and we felt on some stretches that we were the only two people out on the roads!!

We headed over to Roden Nurseries and their Flowerpot cafe where you always receive a great welcome and a good brew, the mince pies were pretty good too!  The clouds were gathering over the Wrekin hill and the wind started to pick up so we decided to head home taking in the A49 and passing Lynn’s Raven cafe where there were a few more motorbikes parked up for a warming cuppa.

We were out for about 3 hours in total and covered just short of 90 miles, it was a joy to be out on the bikes, temps of around 9 degrees, dry roads with no salt as any that had been put down had been washed off by the rain over the last few days and very little traffic – the Winter Solstice proved a great day to be out on two wheels 🙂